The first day on the White Rim Trail started out freezing cold. The ground around the Island in the Sky Visitor Center was covered in snow, and a sharp wind was blowing across the top of the mesa. We bundled up in ski coats and gloves, and rode our bikes down the Shafer Trail switchbacks that descend to the White Rim of Canyonlands National Park.
Mountain biking the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park has been by far the best outdoor adventure of the spring so far. Four days and three nights cruising along some of the most scenic red-rock country in the world from the seat of a bike doesn’t get much better.
Park City resident, Chris Waddell, became the first paraplegic person to summit Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted.
On September 30, 2009, Waddell posted a short mesage on his blog at One Revolution that read, “We summited today. Slept in the crater last night. Everyone’s asleep. Long day. At hotel tomorrow. Will catch you all up.”
The highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro is described as “a walkable mountain.” But for someone who has to use a wheelchair to get around, Kilimanjaro poses a much bigger challenge as the only way for Waddell to ascend the massive peak is by using a custom built hand-cycle.
The Mule Hollow Wall in Big Cottonwood Canyon is an excellent place for the beginner and intermediate traditional rock-climber who is looking for some multi-pitch experience. The wall itself is huge, rising 500 feet above the pine trees in Mule Hollow Gulch. High-quality quartzite and near-vertical relief is the name of the game here, but generous holds and cracks make the climbing a breeze while still giving a taste of big-wall flavor.
The mountain biking trails in Salt Lake’s Mill Creek Canyon are very popular, including the trails to Dog Lake and the Great Western Trail which sees a lot of downhill traffic from bikers descending the Wasatch Crest Trail. However, it’s also a fun ride to go up the Great Western Trail and experience the Wasatch Crest going the other way.
I want my mountain bike shoes like I want my ski boots; stiff and tight. When I’m cruising down singletrack on banked turns, I like my feet to feel locked down and immobile. And if I’m cranking up a steep, rocky hill, then any slippage inside my shoes which takes away even a sliver of power, becomes a source of irritation.
Fall is the time of year that ski films tour across the country in an effort to allow skiers to come together and get stoked about the upcoming season. Dozens of new ski movies are screened in mountain theaters, to the delight of the fleece-clad masses. But the best ski movie released this year, if not the best movie ever made, can only be viewed online.